CLARION, Pa. – The Student Leadership Empowerment Program met for the second time on Tuesday, March 4.
More commonly known as SLEP, this seven-week course has reached out to more students this year than ever before. Each hour-long session features a speaker who discusses different aspects and qualities of leadership. This session’s guest speaker was Coordinator of Health Promotions Jimmy McGee who addressed the group of students about goal setting and the four-player model.
McGee, who has spoken regularly to students in the SLEP program, was excited to see as many as 27 students attend his discussion. He said after the program, “It was nice to see the program growing. What these speakers and I teach on are tools that can be regenerated for use in all aspects of life.”
McGee focused on individual goal setting and the four player model.
“The four types of people that I am about to reflect upon are more like personality traits that can be found in any individual,” McGee said. “These four kinds of players, as I like to call them, are important when it comes to group dynamics. When these players work together, your goals can be completed easily. But when these players don’t get along or work together, you are going to get nowhere.”
The four-player model as McGee described places every individual into the categories of a follower, a mover, a person that opposes and a bystander.
McGee said, “The mover is the type of person to give direction or literally move things along. This person is like the queen of the group, telling people what to do how to do it, and when it needs to be finished. On the opposite end is the person that opposes. This person adds complexity to the group, correcting things if something seems out of place or wrong.”
The last two people that McGee described were a follower and a bystander. They are opposites, slike the other two. A bystander “is someone that adds point of view to the group, someone who will just hang back and observe. Of course then there’s the follower, and I am pretty sure you all know what kind of person this is,” McGee said. “The follower is sort of like the lover of the group, doing what everyone else is doing, doing what he is told. I know you all now sort of know what kind of player you are through this model. But now I want you to think, what do you work best at as this player, what are your struggles? Now let’s goal set: you know what kind of player you are, but how can you set goals within a group and become a team player?”
McGee asked students to write down a goal for themselves to accomplish within a certain time frame as part of the assessment that is to follow each class. Student Cara Delmaestro remarked, “My goal is to apply and get into a grad school by the end of the semester.” Likewise, student Matthew Cercone said, “I would love to kick my habit of chewing. I need to break the mental craving and peer pressure that encourages me to chew. I need to find an alternative for myself. I’d love to accomplish this by spring break.”
DeBreea Dunston, the Student Coordinator of the program, is glad to see that students are continuing to come to the meetings and participate. She said, “This seven week course is amazing. Many of the students really want to do this and care personally about the topics. They are inspired by sharing their personal stories and experiences in the sessions, just like what happened today. This program is one that I have seen grow and prosper in unique ways.” She continued, “I stay on top of the students and encourage them to bring a friend to the meetings. At the end of the program, students will receive a certificate for attending the on-campus meetings or watching the online programs and completing their assessments. The incentives and rewards of this program go beyond just receiving a certificate.”
The next SLEP meeting will take place in Gemmell Room 248 on March 11, featuring Shelley Wilson who will talk about Budgeting and Personal Finance. It is not too late to sign up. If interested, contact Kelly Ryan at 814-393-1688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]